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Judalana lutea |
(ID by M. Rix, WA Museum)
female: 4 mm|
male: 3 mm
This species is found in open forests in South Queensland and seems to have a fondness for acacia bushes on which an ant with a similar appearance can be found
This salticid is probably too small to present a significant hazard to any human but its bite will probably lead to local inflammation and pain
This species, though very small, is relatively easy to recognise because its body shape is typical of a salticid ant mimic but it has a distinctive yellow and black colour scheme on
its abdomen. Like some other ant mimics of this family there is a stiff brush of hairs on the underside of
the tibia on the first pair of legs, but the male of Judalana lutea also has a spur on the upper front side
of each chelicera.
Known range: Localities that are claimed to contain this species include Darwin, Townsville, Rockhampton, the Darling Downs and out as far as Charleville, the north
coast of NSW, Adelaide and Perth.
Spider(s) with a very similar appearance: Several other ant-mimicking salticid species, especially Rhombonotus gracilis and Ligonipes semitectus.
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Last updated 1 February 2022.